© Peter Morning/Red Bull Content Pool
Want to know more about Red Bull Rampage 2021? Step right up
Red Bull Rampage is the biggest, gnarliest event that marks the climax of every mountain biking contest season. If you don't know what it’s all about – here’s a helpful guide to the 2021 event.
What is Red Bull Rampage? Well it's a freeride mountain bike event held in Utah, USA, where the best mountain bike athletes in the world try to make it down frightening mountainsides and ridges in one piece. At the same time, they must impress a judging panel by doing seemingly unimaginable tricks and carving a line down the mountain. It's the most spectacular event to participate in as a mountain biker – and if you're lucky, to watch on site as a spectator.
The 2021 edition of Rampage marks the 20th anniversary for the event and it'll be the 15th time it's run. For 2021, the action takes place on October 15.
What is Red Bull Rampage?
Scroll down to learn more about Red Bull Rampage.
Where and when can I watch Red Bull Rampage
Don't worry if you can't get to Utah to watch Red Bull Rampage in person, as Red Bull TV has you covered with a live broadcast of finals day. Tune in from 5pm UTC on October 15. Broadcast will be available on Red Bull TV in the following languages: English, Brazilian, French, LatAm Spanish, Russian, Italian, Polish, German.
Red Bull Rampage 20-year anniversary
Why should I watch?
Red Bull Rampage is a competition that goes beyond sporting borders. It's the ultimate action sports competition, where a rider’s skill, mental fortitude and physical capacity on a mountain bike is tested. The event shows us what can be done on two wheels and inspires us all to think bigger and push the limits of bike riding.
To get an idea of what Red Bull Rampage is all about, watch the Red Bull Signature Series episode from the 2019 event below:
Red Bull Rampage
Where is Rampage held?
Rampage gets held near the little town of Virgin in Utah. The mountains on which the event takes place are generally changed every few years. This is to give the riders a blank canvas to start afresh and ultimately carve out new lines from nothing.
The terrain the athletes ride on is dry sandstone dirt, while the mountainsides are characterised by cliffs and near-vertical chutes.
Tell us more about the 2021 location for Rampage
For 2021, the event will be returning to the site of the 2016/17 event. It's steep, raw, and exposed, with a true big mountain top section that sometimes gets overlooked by the man-made features built below. The start itself has no easy way off, with mandatory drops on both riders’ left and right, each with exposed cliffs on either side. In past competitions, both the riders’ left feature (the Goblin) and the riders’ right feature (the Knoblin) were built by individual athletes, thus being claimed and deemed off limits for others to ride as part of the unofficial diggers code of conduct.
To get a rider's perspective, watch Carson Storch's course preview of his Red Bull Rampage 2021 line below:
Course preview with Carson Storch
This year, the event crew will build out the landings of both those features, opening access for anyone to ride those zones along with additional terrain on the riders’ left side of the mountain. The added changes will open up even more terrain and options for the riders than ever before.
Here are the rules of competition
The rules are pretty simple – ride down a mountain to the bottom of it, in one piece, in as spectacular a way as possible. The mountain doesn't have a natural route down, so athletes have to transverse it and jump across sections to find a way down. The athletes have to determine a line down the mountain that best suits their style. You may see athletes perform tricks on their lines or simply show off technical riding skill on their way down.
There's no timing in Red Bull Rampage and it isn't a race against the clock. On finals day, riders get two race runs to ride their lines down to the bottom of the mountain. They're judged on those lines by a panel of judges and receive a score at the end of it. The athlete with the highest scored run wins the event. If there's a tie, the rider with the highest score of the two runs added together wins.
Judging at Red Bull Rampage
What's involved in finding a line down a Rampage mountain?
The riders can choose their own different lines down the mountain. When arriving at the Red Bull Rampage site before the event begins, the athletes will scope out the mountain for a route down. Nothing is manicured for them, however, on what's a rugged mountainside with many imperfections. So the athletes spend just under a week leading up to the event digging and shaping lines/jumps on the mountain to make their ride down as smooth as possible.
A rider is allowed a team of two mates to help him dig, but isn’t allowed any power tools or external material, except for sand bags. Generally there are three days of just digging at Rampage and an additional four days for the riders to get on their bikes to test lines and jumps. In those latter four days, they can continue to dig and reshape lines. Sometimes athletes join together to share the lines they'll use in competition and so can pool their digging resources together.
Constructing lines in Utah
Who's crazy enough to compete?
Red Bull Rampage attracts athletes from all over the MTB spectrum. Freeriders, downhillers and slopestylers all want to be part of the toughest mountain bike event of the year. A roster of riders usually form the starting list of a Red Bull Rampage event. Most of these are invited riders. Some are pre-qualified from the previous year’s competition and some are new, exciting wildcards. The 2021 event features a rider list of 15.
This is the 2021 list of athletes:
Previous winners of Red Bull Rampage:
Notable on the roll call of winners are two legendary mountain bike athletes in Brandon Semenuk and Kurt Sorge. Both are three-time winners. Kyle Strait has won it twice.
Download the free Red Bull TV app and catch the MTB action on all your devices! Get the app here